WASHINGTON (Gray DC) — Conservative politicians, pundits, and their supporters are gathering outside our nation’s capital for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
Gov. Matt Bevin (R-KY) was one of the speakers Thursday.
“Cutting red tape is an example of what we’re talking about,” said Bevin.
Bevin, proudly wearing his “cut the red tape” lapel pin, joined Republican governors from Wisconsin, Kansas, and Arizona on stage to discuss how they are rolling back regulations.
“We have 4,700 regulations and 130,000 rules. We could cut 30% and people wouldn’t even miss them,” said Bevin.
Bevin touted his state’s right-to-work law and pension reform. He hopes other states lead from Kentucky’s example.
“On a number of fronts, including economically, there’s never been a state in America that’s passed as much pro-business legislation in a single day as Kentucky did this year,” he said.
Bevin didn’t just discuss cutting red tape on the state level. Both President Trump and the Republican-led Congress are starting to overturn federal regulations enacted during the Obama Administration.
“As it relates to education, the environment, commerce, the Energy Department, whatever the case might be, these things will be felt,” said Bevin. "But I think they’re good because there are less bureaucratically minded people in these roles.”
Bevin referred to the Environmental Protection Agency as “regulatory Frankenstein” – saying it started with good intentions but has changed.
In response, a spokesperson from the Kentucky Democratic Party says, "Gov. Bevin's comment on the Environmental Protection Agency shows his complete lack of consideration for public health. His administration has taken steps here in Kentucky to make it easier for utilities to mismanage toxic ash and sludge.”
President Trump will address CPAC Friday morning. The conference continues through Saturday.